|12/18/2013 8:20:00 AM|
Cheer Box assists 125 families in 2013
Santa's elves in Cottonwood County were hard at work Friday and Saturday as the Cottonwood County Cheer Box held its annual distribution for needy families around the county.
Those elves, members of Windom Women of Today, assisted families at the Windom Evangelical Free Church Chapel in selecting gifts for their children. Thanks to their efforts and the countless donations from people all over the county, Christmas will be a little brighter for 280 children in 125 families across Cottonwood County.
According to Monica Muller, who spearheaded the gift collection again this Christmas, the 125 families is up about 20 families from a year ago. However, about the same number of children are being served through the Cheer Box again this Christmas.
This year, each family received one or two games, a quilt or blanket as well as wrapping paper and other miscellaneous items. Meanwhile, each child will receive one or two stuffed animals, a clothing item, a hat-and-mitten set, five stocking stuffers and one $15 to $20 gift.
In addition to Windom Women of Today, the Cottonwood County Cheer Box was sponsored by the Mt. Lake Police Department. A total of 25 businesses in Windom, Mt. Lake, Westbrook, Storden and Jeffers also served as drop-off locations this year.